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I want to get back into reading and hope you are in! If you love books and would like to discuss them over a couple of drinks (and live in the inner West) you've come to the right place. I am going to suggest two novels for every meetup and you can read one or both. I have a bucket list but am totally open to suggestions. The focus will be on important works by internationally renowned authors and literary heavyweights so there will be some food for thought. Meetups take place every second Wednesday of the month at the White Rabbit opposite Kensington station, a quaint little record bar with excellent wines and bites to eat. This group is open to anyone from all walks of life. Looking forward to meeting you guys and discuss great books!

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A Love Story but not a Fairy Tale: Paolo Giordano vs. David Nicholls

The White Rabbit Record Bar


Just in time for Valentine's Day I suggest "The Solitude of Prime Numbers" by Paolo Giordano and "One Day" by David Nicholls for our February meetup.

Expect two beautifully written novels about loneliness, fate and wrong timing, about the gap between youthful aspiration and the compromises that we end up tolerating.

"The Solitude of Prime Numbers" (2008) by Italian author Paolo Giordano narrates the childhood and early adulthood of Alice and Mattia who were each exposed to traumatic situations that followed them into adulthood. Both are outsiders, similar to how prime numbers are outsiders in relation to the other numbers. A prime number is inherently a solitary thing: it can only be divided by itself, or by one; it never truly fits with another. Alice and Mattia befriend each other, forming a special relationship – becoming very close but never romantic - just like prime pairs: always together, but never quite touching. Each of them carries on with their own lives; however they return to look for one another.

"As far as character studies go, these ones are superb [...]. There are measures of beauty, tenderness, delicacy with which every shining kindness and every crippling cruelty of the world is treated in Giordano writing [...] It takes a real talent to write with such emotional maturity and descriptive sophistication" (Goodreads).

In "One Day" (2009) by David Nicholls, each chapter covers the lives of two protagonists, Dexter and Emma, on 15 July for 20 years. Dexter and Emma spend the night together following their graduation from the University of Edinburgh, in 1988. They talk about how they will be once they are 40. While they do not become romantically involved completely, this is the beginning of their friendship. While there are various attempts from both sides to start a relationship, coincidences stop Emma and Dexter from getting together, and while they have relationships with other people, they remain best friends, each secretly longing for the other.

"Nicholls doesn’t shy from the harsh side of growing up, the disillusionment, regrets, and random cruelty of life" (The London Paper). "One Day is a wonderful, wonderful book: wise, funny, perceptive, compassionate and often unbearably sad" (The Times).

I look forward to a lively discussion!

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